There are some great sites available on the Web these days. Here's some I recommend to friends and clients.

Northwest Maritime Center and Wooden Boat Foundation. This is a great group to join and be a part of. They put on the Port Townsend Festival.

Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival: Running Sept. 11-13 this year, it features more than 300 wooden boats, live music, speakers, exhibitors and family activities.

Port Townsend's Wooden Boat Festival is the most education-packed and inspiring wooden boat event in the world. This is one of my favorite events and I make the trek whenever I can.

Ken Swan Boat Design-

Ken has a complete design catalog of easy to build skiffs and dories for sail and rowing and power. His "Little Gem "design is fast becoming a classic.

Chesapeake Marine Design-

This site contains Karl Stanbaugh's catalog of boat designs and plans.This guy has a real knack for designing a salty, competent boat.

He offers a variety of stitch and glue plywood designs. His Kayleigh design could be the perfect camping sharpie.

Jordan Wood Boats-

This is the site for cradle boat plans and distinctive small craft plans.

Jamestown Distributors-

If this place doesn't have the supplies you need to build your wooden boat-build a different boat. JD has a thousand page catalog of boat building and marine supplies.

Harry Bryan Designs

I have been seeing Harry Bryan boats on the pages of woodenboat magazine for a while and mostly ignored them. No longer! Check out his boats (and his shop). His boats have the functionality and good looks that attract us all to wooden boats. Modest power requirements just sweeten the pot. And that shop......!


Christine DeMerchant's Page

Here's an eclectic site featuring a bit of everything. Lots of boat building links and articles and advise for the beginner.


For over 60 years, Glen-L has offered boat building kits for those items that are not readily available from local suppliers.

My first experience with boatbuilding was a Glen-l boat, more than 30 years ago. Their plans are comprehensive and geared to the amateur boatbuilder. With some 300 designs to choose from, what are you waiting for?